Having reached an agreement with the Federal Government, the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS has asked the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off strike.
Despite the agreement between both parties(ASUU and Federal Government). ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking with journalist after the meeting said the strike would not be called off.
Ogunyemi said the strike could only be called off after the union’s NEC meeting. He however, did not state when the meeting will hold.
In reactions to ASUU’S defiance, the president of NANS, Danielson Bamidele has asked the Academic Staff Union to call of Strike.
In a statement signed by the president of NANS, they accused the academic staffs of not pursuing the collective interests of Nigerian Students.
His statement reads in part:
“We urge our members and the general public to know that ASUU do not pursue our collective interest as they claim and desist from subscribing to blackmail and propaganda on the leadership of NANS. Now that both Federal Government and ASUU have resumed negotiation and concessional approval made by the FG, the general public should prevail on ASUU to go back to the classroom in the interest of the country.
“No amount of blackmail and propaganda by ASUU and some hardliners will make me lose focus as President of NANS. You must have seen the name dropping and castigation on main stream and social media. I shall continue to discharge my duties in the best interest of Nigerian students. In the next few days there must be visible result which will get our members back to classroom.
“Consequent upon our (NANS) meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, he directed TETFUND to release funds to Tertiary Institutions and further instructed the Federal Ministry of Education/Labour to immediately resume negotiation with ASUU. This brought about the meeting with ASUU yesterday, 7th January, 2019 at the Federal Ministry of Labour where for the first time ASUU and FG reached a compromise.
“To this extent, NANS is happy that the two weeks ultimatum/honoring the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari have started yielding visible results which of course is to the advantage of our suffering members and our parents.”
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